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Hiking accidents: take care when descending mountains

Falls account for about half of all hiking accidents. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team led by Martin Faulhaber from the University of Innsbruck is currently investigating what makes hikers slip, trip or stumble.Walking in the mountains is one of the most popular Alpine summer sports. In Austria alone, it…

Solidarity in times of crisis

With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team of Austrian and Hungarian sociologists is investigating what impact the protracted economic crisis has on the motives that fuel solidarity. Solidarity can be inclusive, inspired by a sense of social justice, or exclusive, i.e. extended only to one’s own national or ethnic group. Solidarity…

Taste Viennese Science! Top Tourism Region Establishes Sustainable & Regional Cuisine Based on a “Scientific Recipe” From Vienna

Scientific expertise in the area of sustainable tourism has helped the MODUL University Vienna to secure a prestigious commission from Germany: experts from the university’s Department for Tourism and Service Management will introduce sustainable food products to hotels on the Turkish Aegean coast through a coaching and communications project. The project was commissioned by the…

Working in turbo mode

Not only is work life accelerating, it is also getting more intensive. A team of occupational psychologists headed by Christian Korunka has analysed this heightened pace in a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and has described the new challenges resulting from this trend. The results have recently been published in the volume…

The underestimated role of coincidence

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a team directed by mathematician Erika Hausenblas is investigating how the pressure of flowing liquids can be described when taking into account random perturbations. Differential equations are a physicist’s most important tool. From Newton’s law of gravitation to quantum physics one will scarcely find a…

The grammar of movement

Like spoken language, sign language has a complex and differentiated structure. One just has to be able to discern and interpret it. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team from Klagenfurt is working on the elements of a grammar of sign language. It is language that distinguishes Homo sapiens from…

Hidden HIV Revealed: New Insights Into Latent HIV Infections

In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies to combat the hidden reservoir formed by the virus. Thanks to…

New method for 3-D surface inspection has convinced steel giant

New method for 3-D surface inspection has convinced steel giant Defect detection on hot surfaces optimizes rail production Graz, Austria – An innovative method for the quality inspection of hot surfaces is used on an industrial level for the first time: A major Turkish steel producer is optimizing the production of high speed-compatible rails with…

Microbial Power Storage Shows It Can Do the Job

Microorganisms turn surplus power into natural gas within seconds  Linz, Austria – New results have proven that certain microorganisms are capable of producing natural gas under industrial conditions. The method, based on microorganisms known as Archaea, converts climate-damaging CO2 and hydrogen into storable methane (natural gas). A recently completed pilot study has impressively demonstrated how…

Living Healthier with Media Technology

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences founds Center for Applied Research in Media Assisted Health Care St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is founding a center for applied research on media-assisted health care called CARMA (Center for Applied Research in Media Assisted Health Care for Motion and Activity), which will be completed by 2016.…